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Yorubas call Almonds ofio and it is known to have many health benefits.
In this post, we’ll highlight some of these benefits.
Over the years, studies have revealed that almond can be used a treatment for heart discorders, brain diseases, diabetes, constipation, respiratory disorders, cough, anemia and impotency.
Almonds are seeds from the fruits of almond tree. The botanical name is Prunus dulcis and it is native to the Middle East, India and some parts of Africa.
The almond found in Nigeria is the sweet type and it is usually eaten raw. You can also extract the milk from almond which is quite nutritious although it is less nutritious than cow’s milk.
In some places, crushed almonds are usually garnished with some delicacies.
Almond is rich in vitamin E, calcium, phosphorous, iron, and magnesium. It also contains zinc, selenium, copper, and niacin.
Below are some of the health benefits of Almonds.
Almonds are packed with nutrients that promote the development and health of the human brain. Feeding growing children with almond has been linked with a higher intellectual capacity. If you’re a mother, you can do this by taking two to three seeds and removing the outer layer then soaking it
The almond fruit contains riboflavin and L-carnitine, which have been linked with increased brain activity resulting in new neural pathways as well as the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.
- Heart health
Almonds increase the level of high-density lipoproteins (HDL) while reducing the low-density lipoproteins (LDL). This helps to lower the risk of atherosclerosis and other related heart disease.
Almond also contains vitamin E which can serve as a protection against heart diseases.
Phosphorus is component of almond and this has been found to have a considerable impact on the strength and durability of bones and teeth while preventing or delaying the onset of age-related conditions like osteoporosis.
The vitamin E in almond has been known to act as an antioxidant in the body in order to boost the function of the immune system as well as mop off free radicals that can cause diseases like cancers and other inflammatory diseases.
In fact, research has linked in take of vitamin E with a lower likelihood of heart diseases.
Almond is well known for its beneficial effect on the skin. The oil can be used for massage therapy and it is particularly recommended for newborns.
Blood Pressure Regulation
Almond contains potassium which is a beneficial nutrient for those with high blood pressure as it helps to reduce the blood pressure.
Almonds contain folic acid which is known to reduce the incidence of birth defects especially neural tube related defects.
Treatment of Constipation
Almond is packed with fiber which promotes bowel movement when consumed. However, it is good to drink water when eating almond in order to quicken the digestive movement.
It is important to note that too much of almond is bad as it contains oxalate which can cause kidney or gall bladder problems especially in those that eat the seeds often.